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Public Life & Institutions Collection
Image: Model - Captain Cook's Cottage, Cyril Noisette, Icing, 1934
Source: Museum Victoria
The lives of all Victorians are shaped by organisational and institutional structures in the public sphere. Such structures are dynamic, always in the process of creation, redefinition, maintenance, and change.
While some individuals may have the opportunity to participate in the creation of some of these structures, and to influence their direction, others suffer under, negotiate with or react to them. Groups of people may then combine to bring about changes to the ways the structures operate and develop.
This collecting field is concerned with communal and institutional activities in the public sphere in Victoria since 1835. Material evidence generated as a result of particular forms of public, cultural, political and institutional activity in Victoria is collected to document distinctive forms of urban and regional life.
The collection focuses on the operation of particular structures at particular times, and also on the processes of change, continuity, reaction and adaptation. Sub-themes include celebrations and festivals; political history; charity and welfare; ritual and belief; and images and icons of Melbourne.
It also illustrates the events and patterns that help us define and understand Australian identity in all its complexity and diversity. A wide range of material has been gathered from many organisations and institutions, both active and inactive.
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This is a colour postcard of the south west facade of the Exhibition Building with grass and garden beds in the foreground, circa 1905. The postcard, which has a handwritten inscription ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
One earthenware fragment from an unidentified item, possibly a cup. Decoration is Saxon blue transfer print in an unidentified pattern. Manufacture date is circa 1805 to circa 1900.Images: 1
One earthenware plate fragment. Transfer print is blue 'Asiatic Pheasants', popular in the second half of the 19th century and into Edwardian times.Images: 1
One piece of white-glazed earthenware, possibly from a jug, with an unidentified moulded design that is typical of 'White Granite'. Appears to be high-fired earthenware. Manufactured b ...Images: 1
One earthenware rim fragment, probably from a plate. Pattern is blue transfer print 'Willow'. Manufacturing date range is circa 1805 to circa 1900.Images: 1
View of South Equatorial House and Photoheliograph House, Melbourne ObservatoryFrom: South Yarra, Australia Images: 1
Brass mortar circa 1860 used in the pharmacy of a mental health hospital in Victoria AustraliaImages: 1
Australia Victoria Maryborough Jubilee of Queen Victoria 1887 (AD) Mint: Stokes & Martin Other Details: Queen Victoria's 50th jubilee in 1887 was celebrated the great enthusiasm through ...From: Maryborough, Australia Images: 2
One earthenware rim fragment possibly from a large basin. The decoration is a purple transfer print in an unidentified pattern. Manufacture date is circa 1814 to circa mid-20th century.Images: 1
Australia New South Wales Brisbane Commonwealth Games - Archery 1982 (AD) Mint: Amor Other Details: A gilt medal issued by M.R. Roberts to commemorate the Brisbane Commonwealth Games. I ...From: Sydney, Australia Images: 2